AUBURN – The Southeastern Raptor Center at Auburn University will host “Eagles, Owls and Other Critters,” a birds-in-flight raptor program, on Fridays before home football games.
Shows will begin at 4 p.m. in the 350-seat Edgar B. Carter Educational Amphitheater on Raptor Road just off Shug Jordan Parkway and are scheduled for Aug. 29; Sept. 5, 19 and 26; Oct. 10; and Nov. 7 and 14.
“Because of the popularity of the program, we are expanding it to include all of the home games this year,” said Marianne Murphy, education specialist at the Raptor Center. “We also have moved the time to 4 p.m. to accommodate more school-age children.”
“This year’s program will use a flighted format to teach the relationship that raptors have with other ‘critters’ in the environment and the addition of new elements will better illustrate what the birds do and how they do it,” said Roy Crowe, education specialist at the Raptor Center. “Guests will see birds such as hawks, owls, eagles and falcons flying free.”
Tickets will be available at the raptor center gate. Admission is free for children under 3, $3 per person for school groups and $5 each for all others. Payment is by check only, made payable to the Southeastern Raptor Center. Cash cannot be accepted.
All birds used in the programs are non-releasable due to prior injuries or human imprinting. Any bird capable of surviving in the wild must be released, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which permits Auburn to house the birds.
The Southeastern Raptor Center, part of the College of Veterinary Medicine, has a mission of rehabilitating injured or orphaned raptors, educating the public, and researching new aspects of raptor biomedicine.
(Contributed by Tara Lanier.)